There are French reports tonight that Newcastle United have put in a new bid for 23 year-old Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Alexandre Lacazette – Lyon striker open to move to Newcastle
Newcastle have been interested in Lacazette for the last six months, and Newcastle certainly need a top striker brought in before the end of August.
Lyon want a decent price for their striker, thought to be around £16M, and his club have even offered him a new three-year deal to stay at the club.
The reports in France suggest the negotiations are only at a preliminary stage, but with Liverpool failing to sign Loic Remy earlier this week, the Reds could still feel that Lacazette is a good option for them.
Jean-Michel Aulas, the President of Lyon is not an easy man to deal with, as we found out last summer, when Joe Kinnear was trying to get striker Bafe Gomis to the club.
Alexandre is also said to be happy enough to move to Newcastle United, according to the French reports.
And that could be a key factor in Newcastle being able to push through a deal for the twice capped French International.
Lacazette had an excellent season last term for Lyon, and scored 23 goals in 46 total appearances for his club, and only just missed out on a place in the French World Cup squad.
In what was thought to be a close decision by manager Didier Deschamps, Newcastle on loan striker Loic Remy was preferred to the French youngster.
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